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Leah McSweeney Opens Up About Joining The Real Housewives Of New York City!

Leah McSweeney is teasing what viewers can expect in the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City. The mother-of-one also shares what fans of the series can expect from her in Season 12.

“Being on the show is like being in your primal state,” McSweeney exclusively told the New York Post. “It’s like an animal kingdom — we’re all predators and prey.”

She also reveals that there was “a hazing process” when she joined the cast.

“They were like, ‘Whoa, who is this girl?’ I don’t really think they knew that much about me going in,” said McSweeney. “There’s this competitive aspect that we can’t help, just because it’s a show, and there’s a next season and [always the question of] who’s gonna be on it. That’s in the air, you know?”

McSweeney then shares how she ended up being cast for the Bravo hit reality series.

“After [producers] first interviewed me, I was like, ‘They’re never going to pick me,’ ” laughed McSweeney, 37. “I literally said, ‘I’m anti-socialite.’ But, I guess they liked that.”

After a few weeks later, the Married to the Mob founder learned she made the cut.

“I was terrified and so happy at the same time,” she said.

McSweeney, who was friends with Tinsley Mortimer, reveals that she has never crossed paths with the rest of the ladies prior to joining the series.

Once filming got going, she said, “the most interesting dynamic” was between herself and Singer, who has earned the nickname “Singer Stinger” for her biting ­insults.

“You have to understand, my mother is only a couple years older than her,” McSweeney explained of the 63-year-old Singer. “I was going through some issues with my mom during the show, which everybody will see, and I think that my emotional outburst with Ramona had to do with a lot of my own issues with my mom.

“Ramona took me under her wing. She took a liking to me right away, but she also, I felt, was hard on me and holds me to a different expectation,” she added. “Maybe she sees [in me] herself when she was younger?”

Leah admits that the co-star who surprised her the most was Luann de Lesseps. “I didn’t see me and her like really getting that close, but she’s f–king amazing,” McSweeney told the New York Post.

About dealing with the drama of the show,  “I had a very rough all-cast trip and I think after that I was like, ‘You know what? Everyone just saw me be insecure and upset,’” she said, foreshadowing what is sure to be a buzzed-about episode. “So there’s nothing really left to fear after that.”

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